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Hello Monday ... Hello Gratitude

Hello Monday
Hello Gratitude

Hello to a heart full of Christmas cheer!
Hello to my dear daughter coming home Friday 
for Christmas break!

Hello to gratitude 
for our little house
that is all dressed up 
for the holidays.
It is within these walls
we have grown
a family.

Made our own Christmas traditions
had the privilege
of watching 
our three
grow into incredible adults.

To me
this  house is a sacred space
hallowed ground.

This little house
 is a family's home.

Hello to a heart full of gratitude 
so much thanks

for all of your support last week.
I felt the love
 gained from the perspectives
and stories shared.
My soul was soothed
given hope.

Hello to gratitude for perspective.

There was a horrific car accident this week
just blocks from our house.
it was a car full of teenage girls
who had made some very unfortunate choices
 now have to live with 
unbelievably harsh outcomes.
My heart breaks and bleeds
for these girls
 their families.
I send them all much much love and prayer.

Life is so very fragile
It is up to us to make 
the very most of everyday given.
and to
love fiercely

 On a much, much, lighter note

Hello to gratitude for those that embrace the past
celebrate histories and traditions.
Jeff and I got to spend time in 
Old Town San Juan Capistrano
 where history
small town life 
are always celebrated.

Hello to a beautiful new holiday week
time spent with ones I love!

As always my dear friends

I wish you love and joy
as you style your life 

thank you once again
you fill my heart.


  1. Such lovely thoughts and photos! I've really come to look forward to your Hello Monday, Hello Gratitude posts.

  2. Thank you so much my dear ... your visits are always a gift!

    I can't wait to try out your scarf tying tips!!

  3. Gorgeous images, Tamera! I teach high school, so my thoughts are always tender toward the families of girls like this. LIfe is fragile and short....thanks for another beautiful post.

  4. Lovely images, Tamera. Annette was so doesn't have to perfect to be wonderful. I happen to love my imperfectly wonderful life!
    Happy week to you, my friend. xo

  5. Life truly is fragile ... and in a blink of an eye , as I have learned it can all change. Beautiful words and photos... thanking for inspiring...hugs, C. (HHL)

  6. Wonderful true, heartbreaking words.. gorgeous pictures. Thank you so much for sharing all this with us.
    I´m a huge fan of you dear Tamara. Wish you a wonderful week.

    greetings from Germany